I recently read, The Invisible Glass Ceiling of Yoga: Body Positivity and the Future of Western Yoga, by Jessamyn Stanley.
It really hit home with me as a young woman growing up in a culture where body image is a huge factor in everything - jobs, family, relationships...
I still remember being teased for being a chubby child. I remember being teased about my second toe, the one that is longer than the big toe. I remember being called, “thick.”
I remember being injured, taking time off teaching and practicing, and being told, "Yeah. It shows,” or "You used to be thin."
Although it does not happen that often I do recall more than one conversation with individuals expressing disappointment with teachers' inability to perform advanced asanas or about teachers' body types.
It’s extremely disheartening to hear.
I am extremely grateful for having come across this article; it’s nice to see that teachers are speaking up about discrimination in the industry.
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